Jeffreys Bay, South Africa – Local South African wildcard entrant Sean Holmes caused a major upset yesterday by eliminating current ratings #2 Cory Lopez (USA) from the Billabong Pro.
The US$250,000 World Championship Tournament (WCT) recommenced Thursday morning with most top seeded surfers advancing through round two.
The South African advances to now challenge current ratings leader Andy Irons (Haw) in round three.
Current #3 and older brother Shea Lopez kept their family name alive by eliminating VZ wildcard opponent Shaun Cansdell (Aus).
Reigning world champ CJ Hobgood (USA) dominated his match against another VZ wildcard, Bede Durbidge (Aus).
1999 world champ Mark Occhilupo (Aus) overcame initial nerves to oust local wildcard entrant Brad Bricknell.
Current #7 and last WCT winner Mick Lowe (Aus) controlled his match with Rodrigo Dornelles (Brz).
Two-time Billabong Pro champ Jake Paterson (Aus) displayed the form of previous event wins as he eliminated Paulo Moura (Brz).
Six-time world champion Kelly Slater (USA) then stamped his authority over Russell Winter (UK). The 30 year old collected a 9.0, the best single score of the day.
Slater will now face Taj Burrow (Aus) in a highly anticipated clash.
Shane Dorian (Haw) edge out Maz Quinn (NZ). He’s now up against 1999 Billabong Pro champ Joel Parkinson (Aus).
Peterson Rosa amassed 24.15-points against good friend and fellow Brazilian Guilherme Herdy.
Tour veteran Fabio Gouveia (Brz) overcame world #4 and last year’s Billabong Pro runner-up Taylor Knox (USA).